In most places Sunday is a day of rest, but at River Dell it will be a day of activity as the third seeded field hockey squad and 11th seeded girls soccer take to the field in the Bergen County Tournament.
Coming off their stunning shut-out over on Tuesday and a 2-0 rout of Hackensack on Thursday, the field hockey squad (4-5-1) is set to take on a familiar foe - the Demarest Norsewomen, seeded sixth, at 10am in Oradell. These two teams met in September with River Dell coming out on top, 4-1. The prize for winning is a semifinals date against Northern Highlands who trounced the Lady Hawks, 5-0 in the second game of the season.
Frankie Maier led her Lady Hawks on the pitch against Waldwick in the opening round, 2-0 to advance against the 6th seeded Paramus Lady Spartans in the Round of 16. Maier blasted a shot in from close range in the 16th minute and then added a goal later in the first half when facing the Warriors. The 4-3-1 Lady Hawks will need to be in the zone on Sunday as the Lady Spartans are coming off their first loss of the season. River Dell is also heading into the County game after a 2-1 upset by Indian Hills.
At 5-2, the Golden Hawks boys soccer took on the Glen Rock Panthers on Thursday evening for a play-in match to the County Tournament and a date with the 7th seeded Cliffside Park Raiders on Sunday. But the Hawks, while placing nine shots on goal against the Panthers held out for the first period but could not hit the back of the net, falling 1-0. The squad, led by Nick Shanman, Anthony Sare and Jose Aparicio rolled to a 3-0 win over Indian Hills on Monday.
Before taking on Mahwah on Thursday, volleyball rolled to a 25-19, 25-13 win over Indian Hills the day prior. Mary Maccabee had 11 kills and 8 digs while Kalette deMarrais walked away with a whopping 19 assists.
Tennis has continued to struggle during a rebuilding season with losses to Hasbrouck Heights and Indian Hills. Facing the Aviators, third singles Hannah Ashkinaze and second doubles Sarah Mironov and Susan Lento. The Lady Braves handed the Hawks a 5-0 shutout.
Football decimated Cliffside Park, 57-7 with eight rushing TD's, three of which came from the quick feet of quarterback Tim Barnes. In the American Division victory, Kevin Barry, Mike Monopoli, Chris Fasano, Eric King and Anthony Nastasi also ran for a touchdown.
In a tri-meet, boys cross country beat out Bergenfield and Mahwah to make up for their tight loss to Pascack Valley on Tuesday at Garret Mountain. Stefan Schuster placed second overall in 17:58; Tim Olson in fifth at 18:31; and Nihir Trivedi in 8th at 18:57.
The girls ran for a win over Bergenfield but came up short against Mahwah and Pascack Valley. Emily Croonquist placed fourth over all in 22:22; Marisa Wozniak followed in fifth, 22:56.
Even with some spectular plays by John Tsimis including a jump over Yuri Wright in the endzone for a TD, the , 33-22. Jon Germano went three for three on the pass to Hunter Kiselick (4 yrd pass), John Tsimis (8 yrd pass) and Ryan Finkel (5 yrd pass). Austin Devine picked up a 2-point conversion and two PAT’s to bring the Crusaders to a 2-2 record.
Soccer split a pair of matches this week: a 3-1 victory over Fordham Prep of NY for alumni day and then a 5-2 loss in the against Paramus Catholic. Goals this week were contributed by Erick Alonso (2), Jared Dublin (2) and Travis Nitti.
Even with Michael Whalen running 3.1 miles in 17:18 for second place, the Crusaders could not fend off the Ironmen at Garret Mountain on Tuesday. Bosco won the meet 19 to 44.
Weekend Games to Check Out:
Bergen Football is at the Jack Coffey Field on the campus of Fordham University in the Bronx, Saturday 12pm to take on Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington).
Field Hockey at Sunday 10am in the County Tournament, vs. Demarest in Oradell
Girls Soccer at Sunday 2pm in the County Tournament, vs. Paramus at IHA